From: Paul Schaefer, ENN
Published August 16, 2007 01:19 PM

Subaru Gets EPA "Green Vehicle" Certification

CHERRY HILL, N.J., - The Environmental Protection Agency has given Subaru's newest vehicles SmartWay(TM) certification.


The Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester PZEVs which means 'Partial Zero Emission Vehicles' will now be listed in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide that reviews and recommends the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle choices.


The EPA Green Vehicle Guide uses emission levels and fuel economy values to determine environmental scores for cars and trucks. Vehicles with very good or superior environmental scores are indicated with the SmartWay(TM) or SmartWay Elite(TM) designation. Every vehicle listed in this guide meets minimum federal emission and fuel economy requirements. Three pieces of information about a vehicle's environmental performance are presented: the Air Pollution Score, the Greenhouse Gas Score and, if eligible, the SmartWay(TM) or SmartWay Elite(TM) designation.


Together, they give a complete picture of the relative environmental performance a vehicle is expected to achieve. The SmartWay(TM) and SmartWay Elite(TM) designations are assigned by the EPA to those vehicles that score well on both the Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores.


"Customers are increasingly concerned with the environmental performance of their vehicles," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "The EPA's website is a great source of information for car shoppers as it shows them the best vehicle to meet their needs. Subaru is pleased to be among the EPA's SmartWay(TM) choices and we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the earth while providing the fun, freedom, adventure, confidence and control that only a Subaru all-wheel drive vehicle can deliver."


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To date, Subaru has sold more than 100,000 Subaru PZEV vehicles, which have 90 percent cleaner emissions than the average new vehicle. PZEV vehicles are the cleanest gasoline vehicles available today and they meet emissions standards that are sometimes even cleaner than some hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. These vehicles have such tight pollution controls, with the burning of fuel so complete, that in very smoggy urban areas, exhaust out of the tailpipe can actually be cleaner than the air outside. For more information visit. http://www.epa.gov/OMSWWW/actions.htm.


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